(Gaslamp Gothic #5)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 13th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling
A poisonous secret.
A terrifying curse.
And a client she’d just as soon see dead in a ditch….
Summer 1889. Harrison Fearing Pell hoped for adventure when she signed on with the Society for Psychical Research as an occult investigator. Slogging through New York’s sewers in pursuit of a “mud man” wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. But the reeking monster terrorizing the dance halls of the Tenderloin leads her to an even more peculiar mystery — and the last man on earth Harry wishes to become entangled with.
James Moran is a prodigy in music, mathematics . . . and crime. Harry’s older sister, the famed detective Myrtle Fearing Pell, has vowed to put him behind bars. But Harry owes Moran a personal debt, so when he demands her aid she can hardly refuse. It turns out that the brilliant black sheep of New York Society is part of a secret club at Columbia College whose members have started dying in bizarre ways that may not be accidents.
Thus begins one of the strangest cases of Harry’s career, a tale of murder, cold-blooded revenge and fairytale bogeymen to make the Brothers Grimm shudder. As the bodies pile up, each preceded by sightings of the victim’s doppelgänger, Harry and her stalwart friend John Weston must race against time to save a man who arguably deserves his macabre fate.
Kat created a marvelous blend of history and fantasy in Dead Ringer. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. While I normally stick with the romance genre, there was just enough romantic interest to satisfy me. And as a lover of all things steampunk, this gothic adventure sucked me right in.
Mystery. Paranormal creatures and myths. Intelligent, brave and daring characters. Love and hate. History. What else can you possibly want??
While I haven’t read the earlier books in the series, I had the impression that Harry had been overshadowed by her eccentric and obviously intelligent older sister. I enjoyed seeing the relationship between her and John grow as they looked for clues. I also enjoyed watching James, a powerful man be reduced to the point of not only needing help but taking the step and asking for it. The interactions between Harry and James with Harry’s sister lurking in the background was quite interesting. I very much want to read the next book(s) in this series JUST to see what happens between James and Myrtle.
I found myself annoyed the few times I was forced to put this book down . I would highly recommend it. Five stars!
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.
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